The man behind the lens
Hi, I'm the Phil in Philtographie. Photography has always been a massive passion of mine, anyone who knows me knows that I photograph everything. I feel there is almost something magical about being able to freeze a moment in time, to capture the essences in a photo and then be able to re-live it whenever you want.
Ever since my very first camera I have tried to take photos that are both different and unique, to try to make them interesting and beautiful. Throughout my life I have always been told I have an 'eye' for photography and after taking my cameras to so many weddings to be told my photos were on par if not better than the professional photographer's I decided to turn my passion into a vocation and I've never looked back!
If you have any questions for me at all please don't hesitate to contact me.
Please find below how your data will be stored and used by Philtographie in accordance with the new GDPR regulations.
GDPR regulations were primarily written with easily identifiable personal information in mind such as names, address, contact details, etc. Are faces personal data? The ICO have yet to confirm this. What the ICO does say is:
‘’Legitimate Interests is likely to be most appropriate where you use people’s data [photos] in ways they would reasonably expect and which have a minimal privacy impact, or where there is a compelling justification for the processing.’’
i.e. It is reasonable to expect a photographer to be present at a major event like a wedding, awards ceremony, sporting event, etc and so photos may be taken without direct written opt in consent. These photos then may be used to promote the event or photographer through 'legitimate interest' grounds. Philtographie is fully compliant in handling all personal information that it receives.
Personal data I collect
I collect and store only the information you give me. I require this information to be able to carry out the job you are potentially looking to hire me to do. This will include but not limited to: your name, email address, telephone number and postal address.
How I collect and keep your personal data
You send me this data when you fill in a contact form on my website or via Facebook or however it is you make contact with me originally. This information is securely stored on encrypted and password protected servers where only I, Philip Loadwick head photographer at Philtographie, have the password for, all in accordance with the new GDPR regulations.
These contact details are only ever used to facilitate the agreement of a contract between ourselves (ie communicating with each other) and the smooth running of your photographic event. I may from time to time send you a promotion or update about Philtographie or enquire if you are in need of a photographer but you of course have the right to opt out of this at any time. You also have the right to request that I delete any and all data I have stored on you so that no further contact can be made. Philtographie will never pass your details on to any third party.
I have a blog on my website where I showcase my photography. If you choose to comment here or anywhere else on my website please be aware it is public so everyone can see and therefore take the necessary precautions. Please contact me directly if you wish to discuss any personal information.
Right of confirmation, access, rectification and erasure
If you have questions about how your personal data is handled, you can just drop me an email and I will happily come straight back to you. I can also show you the information I have on you but it’s unlikely to be anything other than what you have told me. If some of the information is wrong, you have the right to correct it. If you’d like me to delete all your personal data, you have the right to request this.
Use of your data
I have a questionnaire that asks you for details about your wedding or event, this will be saved on my password protected computer and a copy printed for the day. After your wedding/event, I may request a few lines from yourself to use on my referrals page, this is optional and as with all information I request from you, is entirely voluntary.
As outlined in the terms and conditions of the contract that you are required to agree to if you take up my services, the images I take may be used for the promotion of Philtographie and this may include but is not limited to being submitted to suitable photographic magazines, social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Google etc and websites such as my own, this is all for the promotion of Philtographie.
Use of your face-based data
When it comes to photographs of individuals, the EU hasn’t been too specific about what that means for working photographers except that we need to demonstrate reasonable and legitimate use. GDPR is aimed at trying to tackle the abuse of personal information, mainly by huge data harvesting companies such as Cambridge Analytica but it does set out good minimum standards of how all businesses should handle personal data. But when it comes to photography the waters get a little cloudy. For example, it often comes as a surprise to many that as a private citizen you have a legal right to take photos of anyone, of any age, in a public place, please see here. And so until there is clarification from the EU as to what constitutes ‘personal data within a photo’ then small photography companies such as myself are stuck in the middle of trying to protect peoples personal data whilst legitimately trying to advertise their artwork.
There’s a couple of things I do to run my business, I am naturally required to show my work extensively online on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, my own website, etc. If you have booked me to be your photographer you have most likely done so because you have viewed many of my previous portfolios and liked what you have seen. There is a required opt in on my contracts to allow me to showcase my artwork captured at your event, you can always decide to keep your wedding/event private however this needs to be agreed prior to signing of the contract as if I am unable to use my photos to promote my business then the cost of the shoot may be affected. Naturally, discretion is used when selecting which photos I would use publicly and by all means contact me if there is a particular photo you feel you would not like me to use any longer.
If you would like to discuss any points from policy any further please do not hesitate to contact me:
14 Donna Nook Lane
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